Field Services Director with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Marjorie Leyden-Vernon says plans for a civic ceremony to commemorate 127th birthday of National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, on February 24, is well advanced.
The ceremony will be held at Blenheim, in the parish of Hanover, the birthplace of the National Hero.
In an interview with JIS News, following a meeting of the planning committee at Hanover Parish Council, on February 9, Mrs. Leyden-Vernon said the level of co-operation and collaboration taking place between agencies and organisations within Hanover towards the successful staging of the event was excellent.
“Our programme will be augmented with some exciting performances, which I know will help to bring out the audience. So, not only will we learn more about the life and work of Bustamante, his life as a nation builder, as a people person, but we will have the likes of the Hertford Cultural group who will perform. We will also have some of our outstanding schools to share with us a number of their gold medal performances,” she said.
She said that support for the event over the years has been very good, pointing out that contact has already been made with a number of schools throughout the parish and the feedback has been very good.
The Field Services Director called on Jamaicans to come out and support the event. “Come and learn some more of what it took to get us where we are now, so that we too can make our contribution to the development of Jamaica,” she urged.
CONTACT: BRYAN MILLER
JIS REGIONAL OFFICE